Augustus Spurt Seals Sparta&K Comeback

33. Seimone Augustus (Sparta&K Moscow Region)
Seimone Augustus and Sparta&K dodged a bullet as the wing player saved the Russian giants with 22 points

Lattes Montpellier battled but Sparta&K Moscow Region weren't to be denied as they clinched victory in France to seal first place in Group C of the EuroLeague Women.

The Russians won 72-71 with Seimone Augustus' 22 points leading the team.

Eight of her points came in the fourth quarter, when Sparta&K hit back from a 10-point deficit in the last five minutes to win for the 11th time in Round 1.

Victory lifted Sparta&K above Wisla Can-Pack Krakow and into first place in Group C.

Lattes Montpellier were already assured of a fifth-place finish and will also move into Round 2 with Sparta&K.

The home side had a great shot at victory against one of the powerhouses in the EuroLeague Women.

An Ana Lelas lay-up gave the hosts a 67-57 lead with 5:14 to go but the French club then called a timeout.

Sonja Petrovic started the Sparta&K comeback with a three-pointer when play resumed and then Augustus made a lay-up to cut the deficit to 67-62.

Lelas stretched the lead back to 69-62 with another lay-up, but two Petrovic free-throws and baskets from Augustus, Becky Hammon and Augustus again put the visitors in front, 70-69, with 1:01 to play.

Fatimatou Sacko's jumper with 50 seconds to go lifted the hosts back into a one-point advantage but Augustus struck again with another jumper just eight seconds from time for a 72-71 Sparta&K lead.

The Russians allowed time to run off the clock before fouling the French club twice.

Lattes Montpellier got one last look at victory but Lelas was off target with a jumper as they finished 6-8.

Petrovic was outstanding with 14 points and eight rebounds for Sparta&K.

Edwige Lawson-Wade had 19 points, seven assists and three steals in defeat.



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